Many people will seek professional counseling or go to therapy at some point in their lives. It’s beneficial for many areas of life, or before and after big life changes. People talk with professionals about marriage, divorce, a new baby, losing a friend or family or being unemployed. Talking with an unbiased professional who can offer practical advice and coping mechanisms is extremely beneficial during a difficult time. However, most people who get professional help only do so for a short period, stopping once their crisis or situation is resolved. Going to therapy long term, crisis situation or not, can have many benefits as well.
Establishes better plan of action
Working with a therapist long term allows them to get to know and understand you. When you see a counselor or psychologist short-term, they can assess your situation and help you come up with coping mechanisms using general tools and knowledge. If you participate in long-term therapy, your therapist can get to know you as an individual, and can tailor their approach to suit your needs, personality and behaviors.
Helps you deal with everyday problems and stress
It can be easy to dismiss therapy when everything’s going great. But no matter how well you’re doing, there are still small stressors or issues you run into regularly. A therapist can help you learn how to cope with the small stuff, so you have less to worry about when the big things come.
Encourages personal growth
When someone is in short-term counseling for a specific problem or issue, they will stop seeing a therapist once that problem is solved, without much further exploration. Seeing a therapist for a longer period of time can assist with ongoing personal growth. Since your therapist knows more about you, they can help you achieve a deeper understand of yourself, address new life challenges, and work on continued self-improvement.